There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Buenos Aires each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday) April 2: Malvinas Veterans' Day (Día de la Malvinas, national holiday)
A number of remembrance ceremonies and demonstrations are held each year to commemorate Argentina's occupation of the Falkland Islands (named the Islas Malvinas by Spain), which began on this day in 1982, and the ensuing conflict with the United Kingdom.April 17: Easter (national holiday):
There are many joyful celebrations of the Resurrection throughout Buenos Aires and a large number of baptisms are held on Easter Weekend. As a strongly Catholic country, Argentina observes this week as the most sacred in the calendar.May 1: Labour Day (national holiday) May 25: Revolution Day (national holiday)
Commemorates the May Revolution, which brought the first autonomous Argentinean government into power on this day in 1810. This historical event is the focus of many festivities: military parades, official ceremonies, live music and dance shows.July 9: Independence Day (national holiday)
Commemorates Argentina's formal declaration of Independence on this day in 1816. Highlights include official ceremonies, military parades and fireworks.August 15: Assumption Day (national holiday) October 12: Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (national holiday)
Holiday that celebrates the discovery of the South American continent by Columbus in 1492. The event is also an opportunity for the inhabitants of Buenos Aires to praise the many cultures coexisting within the country. Traditional parades, singing and dancing fill the streets of the Argentinean capital each year on this day.December 25 : Christmas (national)
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|February||19/66||29/84||117/4.6||Not the best period to go|
|March||17/63||26/79||134/5.3||Not the best period to go|
|April||13/55||23/73||97/3.8||Good period to go|
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|August||8/46||17/63||69/2.7||Good period to go|
|September||10/50||19/66||73/2.9||Not the best period to go|
|October||13/55||22/72||119/4.7||Not the best period to go|
|November||15/59||25/77||108/4.3||Not the best period to go|
|December||18/64||28/82||105/4.1||Not the best period to go|
The International Airport is located about 22 kilometres (14 miles) south-west of the city centre in the city of Ezeiza.
Buenos Aires offers a range of safe, efficient and fast public transport options to make getting around the city a breeze. Bus, underground, train or taxi – the choice is yours!
City buses, called “colectivos”, are the most popular mode of transport in Buenos Aires. With a stop about every eighth of a mile, the city's bus network is particularly extensive and efficient. Some of these stops are indicated only by a small sign posted on a tree showing the bus number. Payment is made aboard the bus. A single ticket costs ARS 2.50.
The metro system, locally known as “Subte”, is very convenient but only covers a portion of the city. It is certainly the easiest way to get around if you are not venturing beyond the city centre. Most trains run from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The network counts 6 lines (A, B, C, D, E and H). Tickets may be purchased singly or as passes valid for multiple trips. One way costs ARS 5.00 and a Subtepass containing 20 rides is available for ARS 85.00.
Trains can be useful when you need to cross the city. The stations to remember are Retiro for northbound travel and Constitución to head south, while both Frederico Lacroze and Once are for destinations to the west. A single ticket costs about ARS 10.
Taxis are a relatively inexpensive way to get around Buenos Aires. They seem to be everywhere, which is only logical with a fleet of 38,500 cabs! Taxis are black with a yellow roof and a short trip in the city centre costs between ARS 20 and ARS 30. This includes the initial charge, which is about ARS 15.
Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.Buenos Aires Ciudad
The city's official tourism authority offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
At various locations throughout the city, Buenos Aires Ciudad operates tourist information centres where you can obtain information and recommendations for visiting the city and its surrounding area. The main addresses for these centres are listed below.
See your doctor before you travel.
Hospital stays are very expensive in Buenos Aires and foreign visitors are required to pay for any medical treatment in full before being seen by any medical staff. It is therefore recommended to take out insurance before you leave home covering any possible expenses for hospital stays in Argentina.
Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccines are mandatory for visitors to Argentina.
In addition, the following vaccines are recommended :
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Buenos Aires.
For stays of less than three months, citizens and nationals of a large number of countries do not need a visa to enter Argentina. For further information, visit the website of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.cancilleria.gob.ar/argentinos-en-el-exterior
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Buenos Aires, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic Spanish phrases that will make your stay in Buenos Aires a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: ¡ Buenos días ! (morning) / ¡ Buenas tardes ! (afternoon)
Good evening: Buenas noches
No, thank you: No, gracias
Thank you very much: Muchas gracias
Please: Por favor
I don't understand: No entiendo
Could you repeat ?: ¿ Puede repetir ?
What time is it ?: ¿ Que hora es ?
Sorry: Disculpe (to say sorry)
Excuse me: Con permiso (to get past) / ¡ Por favor ! (to get attention).
Train station: Estación de trenes
I'm (…): Yo soy (…)
I'm looking for (…): Estoy buscando (…)
How much is (…)?: ¿ Cuál es el precio de (…) ? /¿ Cuánto es ?
Do you have (…)?: ¿ Tiene (…) ?
Where can I find (…)?: ¿ Dónde puedo encontrar (…) ?
Where can I buy (…)?: ¿ Dónde puedo comprar (…) ?
I'd like (…): Quisiera (…).
In Buenos Aires, leaving a tip, which is called a “propina”, is not required but always appreciated. In bars and restaurants, it is customary to tip between 10 and 15 percent. It is also normal practice to give hotel bellboys a few pesos.